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calypso leads in race 3 of the International 12 Footer & Dublin Bay Sailing Club 12 Footer Irish Championship
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With so much interest in single handed Olympic sailing, it is appropriate that the 12–footers had their Irish championships a week after Annalise’s success in Rio at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. The 12–footers were used for the Olympic…
Alan Robinson, CEO of Docklands Business Forum, at one of the Georgian Graving Docks at the Grand Canal Basin, Dublin
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#SaveDryDocks - Dublin’s Grand Canal Basin which features three Georgian drydocks writes Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times could be regenerated for theatre space, children’s recreation and marine repairs, according to a docklands business group. The Grand Canal Basin in the…
The 38th Cruinniú na mBád Festival was celebrated at the weekend
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Although this year's 38th Galway Hooker racing at Cruinniú na mBád was cut short due to the high winds there was still plenty of activity at Galway's maritime sailing festival. 'Aisling Geal', Bob Quinn's original 1979 film of the first Cruinniu…
The elegantly swept lines of the clinker planking makes the ever-young IDRA 14 a proper classic. This is IDRA 14 Number 38, Starfish, a multiple championship winning boat. See champions list below.
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It takes a leap of the imagination to realise what a remarkable breakthrough the introduction of the Irish Dinghy Racing Association 14ft One Design represented in 1946 writes W M Nixon. But the 70th Anniversary celebrations of this ever-young classic…
The Mermaid championship concluded in a blow in Howth Yacht Club at the weekend
Howth YC
The Howth Yacht Club hosted the Classic One-Design Regatta - incorporating the National Championships of the Dublin Bay Mermaid and Howth 17 Footer classes. Download Mermaid results below. Even before you could see them, the vapour of varnish bumbled over…
Jonathan O’Rourke’s top Mermaid class Tiller Girl from the National YC will be racing the Mermaid Nationals 2016 as part of the Howth Classic One Design Regatta from August 4th to 7th.
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For many years now the 1898-founded Howth 17s have spun quite an event out of their annual “National Championship” writes W M Nixon. It may only be a weekend series for a vintage one-design class at its home port, but…
The International 12 foot Dinghy Class and Dublin Bay 12 footer Irish Championships will be hosted on August 30th
Historic Boats
The historic International 12 foot Dinghy Class and Dublin Bay 12 footer Irish Championships will be hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club on August 30th.  Only one race is required to be completed to constitute a series and…
Glandore as it can be when summer arrives. This weekend sees its well-established biennial Maritime Summer School include an expert presentation by Vincent O’Shea of Met Eireann on Ireland’s Atlantic weather.
Historic Boats
If you’ve been wondering just when the current spell of unsettled weather might give way to better conditions, not to mention what has been causing it all in the first place, then the lovely natural harbour and pretty village of…
The Cot is finished  Some of the building team, from left to right – Tommy McMahon, Rowing Club Belturbet – Seamus Connelly, Cavan Men’s Shed – Jonny Brown, Cavan Men’s Shed – Kevin Brady, Cavan Men’s Shed – George Morrissey, Belturbet Community Association, Historian, Author and member of Lough Erne Heritage – Bert Robinson, member of Lough Erne Heritage – Michael Lee, Cavan Men’s Shed – Fred Ternan, Lough Erne Heritage.
Historic Boats
In early 2015 a number of Fermanagh people, some whose families go back for generations working and living on and around Lough Erne, were brought together to discuss their concerns that the history and heritage of wooden boat building on…
Colleen Deas from Glandore Harbour Yacht Club
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Colleen Deas, from Glandore Harbour Yacht Club, a replica of the traditional Dublin Bay class that dates from the 1800's, was sailing in the summer sunshine in Cork Harbour yesterday.
One of a pair of 6"inch bow-mounted guns of HMS Caroline, the recently opened newest visitor attraction in Belfast's Titanic Quarter
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#EnjoyNI2016 – A must see is Belfast’s newest visitor attraction HMS Caroline, a World War 1 light battle cruiser, uniquely the last survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, berthed in the city’s Titantic Quarter, writes Jehan Ashmore. The slaughter…
The jib topsail blossoms to drive Dickie Gomes’ Ainmara on her way as she sails fast to collect the “Best in Show” award at the RUYC’s 150th Anniversary Sail-past, fifty years after she took part in the same Club’s Centenary Regatta in 1966 with the same crew on board
W M Nixon
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon grabbed only a few hours sleep after his almost continuous coverage of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 before haring off to Bangor in County Down to sail in the RUYC 150th Anniversary Regatta on Saturday…
Oldest boat in the 2016 RTI Race, Thalia that has 19th century links to Royal Cork Yacht Club
Racing
The oldest boat competing in this year's Race is almost certain to be Thalia (Sail #11). Built in 1888, she was one of the last yachts by George Wanhill of Poole who was boatbuilding from the 1850s onwards. In the…
IDRA 14 Number 166 is launched – 'Wicked Sadie' on her maiden sail at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
Historic Boats
Following the launch of the new build IDRA 14 wooden dinghy on Saturday, after a three year long project, the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club team lead and novice boat builder Ronan Melling has thanked all of those involved in…
Breezing along – Dave Nixon aboard the Howth 17 Deiliginis yesterday, approaching the South Rock with fellow HYC boat and Volvo Round ireland racer Euro Car Parks just visible ahead. Photo: Dave Nixon
Historic Boats
What do former round Ireland trophy winners do when they don’t have time to do the race itself? Former regular in the Round Ireland fleet Dave Nixon of Howth tells us the best thing to do is sail a 109–year–old…
IDRA 14 No.38 Starfish competing in June's DMYC Regatta on Dublin Bay. The first new build in 50 years of this 70–year–old clinker dinghy type will be launched in Clontarf on June 25th
Historic Boats
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the wooden dinghy IDRA 14, a group of amateur boat builders from Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club (CY&BC), led by Ronan Melling have built the first boat in almost 50 years. The clinker boat…

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